Transformation Through the Body

Why have most religions condemned or denied the body? It seems that spiritual seekers have always regarded the body as a hindrance or even as sinful.

The fact is that no one has ever become enlightened through denying or fighting the body or through an out-of-body experience. Transformation is through the body, not away from it.

Do not fight against the body, for in doing so you are fighting against your own reality. You are your body. The body that you can see and touch is only a thin illusory veil. Underneath it lies the invisible inner body, the doorway into Being, into Life Unmanifested. Through the inner body, you are inseparably connected to this unmanifested One Life—birthless, deathless, eternally present.

Connect to your inner body. Here’s how:

Close your eyes. Direct your attention into the body. Feel it from within. Is it alive? Is there life in your hands, arms, legs, and feet – in your abdomen, your chest? Can you feel the subtle energy field that pervades the entire body and gives vibrant life to every organ and every cell? Can you feel it simultaneously in all parts of the body as a single field of energy?

Keep focusing on the feeling of your inner body for a few moments. Do not start to think about it. Feel it. The more attention you give it, the clearer and stronger this feeling will become. It will feel as if every cell is becoming more alive, and if you have a strong visual sense, you may get an image of your body becoming luminous. Although such an image can help you temporarily, pay more attention to the feeling than to any image that may arise. An image, no matter how beautiful or powerful, is already defined in form, so there is less scope for penetrating more deeply.

Adapted from The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library, 2004 edition).
Adapted from The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library, 2004 edition).

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Fiona T.
Fi T.2 years ago

We've got to communicate with ourselves well

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Great article. Thanks!

Julie H.
Julie Hoffman3 years ago


Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Naomi M.
Naomi Miskimins4 years ago

Thanks. I'll have to give it a try.

Gordana Roljic
Gordana Roljic4 years ago

men sana in corpore sano...old ancient proverb...

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago


K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Suzannah S.
Suzannah S.4 years ago

Good article, thank you.

Mari Basque
Mari 's5 years ago